We are here to bring learning to life for every member of our school community, just as water brings life to the world. We are here to prepare children for their journey through life as responsible respectful citizens of the future who are ambitious, courageous and kind. We aim to develop life-long learners who thrive in our care and bring life to the future of our world.
Our Christian Values
Our core values are kindness, courage and ambition. Like the flow of water in a river, they flow through our vision and in everything we do for our children to be the life giving future of our world. We learn about our values during worship, class time, playtime and with our friends, teachers and families.
Kindness – Water of Life
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
- Be kind to the world that God gave us.
- Be kind to yourself, look after your own physical and mental health.
- Be kind to each other.
Courage – The Strength of Water
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
- Through God we have courage.
- Courage to stand up for what is right even when others around us may not.
- Courage in our own self-belief.
- Courage to take risks and accept a challenge.
Ambition – The Power of Water
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
- Water is powerful it can overcome any obstacle. We have power through God to achieve our own goals and obstacles that life sets in our way.
- We celebrate the gifts that God has given us and develop these talents to achieve our vocational, technical and academic ambitions.
How was our vision created?
We recognise that our pupils are privileged to live in a beautiful rural setting of South Shropshire. The river is in the heart of Clun: the children play in it; it brings wildlife to the area; the water nourishes the land for the farmers; it is a reflective space for all…the list goes on. The flow of the water in the river is used a focal point to depict our vision. The school community worked together to create our vision, the values that we would use to drive the vision and express the roots in Christian theology.
Seeing our Vision in action
Bringing learning to life.
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38
Like water brings life to the world we bring learning to life for our pupils.
Our curriculum has been designed to make learning real with cultural capital. For example. British Values – pupils2parliment sessions with an MP. Forest School Outdoor learning. Writing for purpose. Full texts for exploring reading.
What our parents say about our vison to bring learning to life: ‘Teaching in the natural environment and other settings to relate what is being learnt to everyday life, also ‘every member’ tailor learning to individual or needs of smaller groups’ ‘Sharing assemblies, involving the wider community in events and subjects within the school.’
This leads to confident, engaged children who enjoy learning and can see how they and their learning have a place in our future world.
Creating life-long learners who thrive in our care.
‘The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.’ Poverbs 19:8
Preparing children for their future journeys.
‘Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.’ Philippians 4:9
We want our pupils to flourish throughout life. We celebrate the gifts that God has given us and develop these talents to achieve our vocational, technical, and academic ambitions. We set an example of learning together, with and through our community. Through the bible and through each other. We recognise that learning is a journey, like that of water it can take many paths and routes to its end goal.
We do this by identifying and catering for children learning at different speeds with different needs. Celebrating learning and achievement and delivering a carefully planned purposeful curriculum.
What our parents say about our vision to create lifelong learners preparing children for their future journeys: ‘Diversity in how the curriculum is taught; a project is multifaceted; music, art, environment, field trips etc, engaging students.’
Acting with kindness: Kindness – Water of Life
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to the world that God gave us. Be kind to yourself, look after your own physical and mental health. Be kind to each other.
We see this demonstrated by staff supporting one another in their roles at school, the schools well being charter and the DHMAT Care First Scheme. Children supporting each other throughout the school – playtime and lesson time. Our playground pal roles children playing and caring for each other. Children and staff nominating pupils for our weekly kindness award in assembly. Children demonstrating courageous advocacy towards an outcome for another.
What our parents say about our value of kindness: ‘Thoughtful school staff who genuinely care about the children acting as role models. Awards in shared assembly, celebrating kindness amongst peers.’ ‘Treating everyone with respect. Being kind to each other. It’s a caring community.’ ‘This is strong in the way the school works together and pupils are empowered to help each other, especially older pupils supporting younger pupils’ ‘Kindness features in sharing assembly and in school mottos an round the school – it seems to be encouraged in class discussions and school ethos. It is a great value in this little school.’ ‘Weekly Kindness award (hot chocolate).’
Acting with ambition
Ambition – The Power of Water
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33
Water is powerful it can overcome obstacles. We have power through God to achieve our own goals and obstacles that life sets in our way. We celebrate the gifts that God has given us and develop these talents to achieve our vocational, technical and academic ambitions.
We do this through our planned curriculum choices, enrichment opportunities – art, sport, drama, public speaking. ASC, whole class music tuition. Through staff CPD offered to all – webinars, training & research to improve practice. Children using their own time to develop skills – play & lunch to rehearse and prepare for a children’s collective worship, gardening in our vegetable garden. Pupils ambition to make change – pupil leadership roles & courageous advocacy.
What our parents say about the value of ambition in our school: ‘How curriculum and learning is arranged-whole school activities, including parents, healthy targets-encouraging children to do their best and be inspired by other pupils.’ ‘Going over and above by way of provision.’ ‘Range of visitors that inspire children to realise that they to can follow in that career’ ‘You allow children to celebrate achievement’ ‘Pushing the children to think more about the subjects they are learning.’
Acting with courage
Courage – The Strength of Water
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1.9
Through God we have courage. Courage to stand up for what is right even when others around us may not. Courage in our own self-belief. Courage to take risks and accept a challenge.
What our parents say about our vision of courage: ‘Shared assembly-courage to present to an audience, sport-diverse mix of sport taught and twice a week is fantastic, school trips; courage to travel and visit new places during the day.’ ‘Getting people to step outside their comfort zone. Like opportunities to take assemblies and be play leaders’ ‘You help children to have a ‘have a go attitude’ ‘Confidence, conversation/social skills, respect and school work I have viewed/listened to from my child’
Our School Prayer